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Woman pleads guilty to felony

CLEARFIELD — A Philadelphia woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clearfield County Court to felony contraband charges for supplying drugs to an inmate of the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale. During a visit with prisoner, Pierre Jose Rivera, 25, in November, Militza Guzman-Cintron, 24, ...

Woman charged for fake bills

A city woman accused of passing counterfeit $20 bills at two Altoona businesses was taken into custody over the weekend. Amanda N. Mills, 37, of Fourth Avenue, was charged last week in two cases where she allegedly used a bogus $20 bills over a two-day span in late March, according to charges ...

Bedford plans regional study

BEDFORD — A regional survey to determine community interest in a freestanding birth center is expected to start later in May, said Director Donald Schwartz told the Bedford County Planning Commission on Wednesday. A Penn State University professor and student will conduct the surveys, which ...

Goodman grants awarded

City Council this week awarded money for four projects from interest proceeds of the Goodman Trust Fund, established in 1990 for development, maintenance and operation of public recreational facilities to serve Altoona-area residents. It awarded $6,595 to the Central Blair Park and Recreation ...

Accused dealer waives hearing

CLEARFIELD — An Osceola Mills woman accused of selling drugs waived her right to a preliminary hearing last week during centralized court in Clearfield County. Amber Dawn Pierson, 34, allegedly sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant Aug. 14 at a parking lot in Decatur Township, ...

Woman jailed on meth charges

TYRONE — A Tyrone woman is in jail on methamphetamine charges. Christy Lee Mengel, 37, of 705 Oak St., was arraigned Wednesday on felony and misdemeanor drug charges stemming from an April 17 traffic stop in Tyrone where police allegedly found several bags of methamphetamine. According to ...

Police: Man entered home

CLEARFIELD — A Philipsburg man is facing burglary charges for allegedly entering a Houtzdale home while intoxicated. Shawn Franklin Perks, 46, was also charged by state police with felony criminal trespass, DUI, a summary count of restrictions of alcoholic beverages and two traffic ...

Alleged shooter in custody

HUNTINGDON — A Huntingdon County man wanted in Armstrong County in connection to a shooting last week is now in custody. Huntingdon County District Attorney Dave Smith announced Wednesday that Willie Lunsford, 33, of Mount Union, was arraigned Wednesday on attempted homicide, robbery and ...

Flu activity decreases

Flu season stretches into May, but flu activity has continued to decrease during the past week in all state regions, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. A total of 96,365 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases have been reported season to date. Confirmed reports were received ...

Ex-officer Starr receives probation

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Former Altoona police Sgt. Matthew S. Starr was sentenced Tuesday to five years’ probation for convictions on six theft-related felony offenses. Senior Judge Stewart Kurtz, who presided over a three-day trial in February for the 41-year-old Altoona man, decided against ...

County praises Lakemont Park plan

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Ad­mission to Lakemont Park will remain free when it opens next month as a community park. While admission to the park will remain free, the cost of using park facilities and rides will vary. After being closed for two summers to pursue renovations, park representatives ...

Primary hopefuls field queries

Candidates running for Blair County commissioner in the May 21 primary agreed on at least one idea during a Tuesday night forum. All said they’d like to see the weekly commissioner meetings videotaped and made available for public viewing. The recording could be done with a phone, Republican ...

Election letter deadline is Tuesday

Letters concerning the May 21 primary election or candidates running in the election must be received in the Mirror’s newsroom by 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. To be considered for publication, election-related letters cannot exceed 150 words and must include the author’s name, complete home ...

Voters keep Mowery in contest

Altoona native Jimmy Mowery captured Monday’s public vote to move on in NBC’s “The Voice,” it was announced Tuesday night. On the Monday show, Mowery, representing John Legend’s team, went head to head with Kendra Checketts from Adam Levine’s team with the public vote deciding who ...

Results pending in Gallitzin deaths

GALLITZIN — The deaths of a man and woman in their early 20s in a Gallitzin home earlier this week are still being investigated, pending toxicology results. Brianna E. Knopp, 21, and Brett T. Fowler, 22, both of Gallitzin, died Monday in a second floor bedroom, with drug paraphernalia ...

Court: Man must register as sex offender for life

A Huntingdon County man serving a 10- to 20-year sentence for the sexual assault of a minor will be required to register as a sex offender for life, according to an opinion issued late last week by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. John Allen Barton, 43, of Wood, was arrested in 2014 for ...

Police: Man threatened baby

ROARING SPRING — An argument in Roaring Spring has led to charges against a man after witnesses told police he allegedly threatened to throw a newborn onto the road. Michael D. DiGiacobbe, 29, of East Freedom, is accused of making the threat while holding a carrier seat with the newborn ...

Briefcase

Sheetz recognized by USA Today awards Sheetz has been named a “Best Regional Fast Food” by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. Chosen by a panel of experts and then voted on by readers, the 2019 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards for Best Regional Fast ...

Pope announces IRC departure

After losing its executive director a few weeks ago, the organization responsible for recycling programs in central Blair County learned Tuesday it will also be losing its second in command. Intermunicipal Relations Committee Executive Director John Frederick left to take a post with Antis ...